The last two days we have concentrated on Hannah in her agony. In today’s reading we see Hannah in her glory! She praises God for answering her prayers, recognizes God’s faithfulness, and honors her promise, even though it must have cost her dearly to see Samuel go. Hannah was faithful...
Reflect today on the great deliverance we have received in Christ from eternal separation from God our Maker. When we repent of our sin and recognize our need for a Savior, we can receive him along with help for the present and eternal life. Remembering the miraculous redemption that is ours in Christ, let’s faithfully offer our praise every day.
The inability to have a child brings pain to many today, and this was equally true in ancient times. In that context it was sometimes even worse, for Peninnah openly ridicules Hannah for being unable to conceive. But as a result of Hannah's desperate, heartfelt prayer, God blesses her with a son, Samuel, who will become a powerful prophet. Hannah then rejoices in a God who exalts the poor and needy. Hannah provides an example of the boldness with which we also can approach God now because of Christ’s sacrifice. The destruction of Jerusalem is the focus of the passage in Mark. Jesus here predicts the demolition of the Temple and the city, which the Romans executed in 70 ce.
Read 1 Samuel 1:4-20. How do you persist in prayer when your prayer seems unanswered for a long time?
Read 1 Samuel 2:1-10. How do you express your joy and thanks when God answers your prayer?
Read Hebrews 10:11-25. What helps you to persevere in the practice of your faith?
Read Mark 13:1-8. What signs make you anxious about the future? What helps you to hold on to hope?
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